How to find a Job as an International Student?

Filed in Finding a Job by on November 7, 2013

Week 2

Yea, I already started counting down the days till the end of B-term. So today I’m going to talk about something that’s only relevant to some of you, How to Find an Internship as an International Student. Unfortunately a lot of companies refuse to hire international students because we need to be sponsored for a Visa two years after we graduate. On one hand I don’t really blame them, why would they want to make the process harder for themselves? On the other it’s not fun when you get an interview with a company and when they discover you’re international they just say no.

Two things, first, congratulations on getting the interview, it means they were actually interested in you and you’re doing something wrong. Two, maybe you’re looking at the wrong companies.


Here are some tips:

1)      Check out the CDC website on how to find a job as an international student.

2)      Have you checked out the H1B database:

It has a list of all the companies that have hired international students in the past.

3)      Know that you don’t need sponsorship for at least 12 months after you graduate. And after the 12 months you can get up to a 17 months extension. A lot of companies don’t know that so they might still hire you for internships and right after you graduate for the couple of years.

4)      Don’t mention it on your first interview, wait till you’re about to get that job offer, unless they ask you then always be 100% truthful.

5)      Just reiterating point #4, always be truthful.

6)      There are also tons of websites that can help you out check them out on the CDC website.


Hopefully this helps!

Have a Good Night everyone and don’t forget to check out the other CDC Blogs here.


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Hi everyone, My name is Ahmad. I'm a senior studying Mechanical Engineering. The main thing you should know about me is that I'm kind of weird, and it's fantastic. I like defying people's expectations, and going against social norms. Especially when it comes to careers and personal well being. You say you can't get an internship as a freshmen, I will prove you wrong. They say you can't change your career, I will show you that you can change your career at any point. They say that college is meant to be stressful, and you're supposed to just go with the motions. They say college is the best time of your life, well I beg to differ. The best time of my life should be my last. If there's any topic you want me to talk about feel free to send me an email at (I know it's an awesome email).

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